Hi, I'm new and decided to join alopecia world for some helpful hints on how to handle my alopecia areata. I had been diagnosed with alopecia areata after I reluctantly went to the dermatologist about my large balding spot. The affected area is about the size of my hand, but is perfectly situated so that I can cover it up when my hair is carefully placed over it by ponytail or bun. Before all of this, I had beautiful long hair which I would always wear down. I think I want a wig, but am too stubborn and proud to justify getting one. I feel that my condition is not as severe as others and that I should suck it up. Unfortunately, I still feel, as a 20 year old college student, that I would love to feel beautiful again. I can't justify this want as a necessity and can't make the last step.
I guess I would just like to know how other women, who still have concealable patches, handle their growing bald spots? When is it okay to get a wig?
I took a long time to get back to this... your opinion is so very valid. Hope you pop back every now and again to say hi.
I think that if you feel like you want to "feel beautiful again", which is completely valid, particularly as a young woman in a world that puts so much pressure on women to look beautiful, then you CAN justify the expense. It's hard as a student, especially if your parents can't help you out, but a great wig really can make a huge difference to how you interact with people. To my sorrow and anger, I found that everyone was constantly staring at my bald patchy head when I didn't wear my wig, and the fact that I could simply wear one and stop them staring whenever I felt like it was very liberating. Some days I felt like it was more liberating to go wigless. But it varied according to my mood and how I looked and how hot the day was! I say get a wig. You will probably wear it sometimes (at least) in everyday life. But even if you don't, you can always keep it and wear it to costume parties :-)